Purple Dome New England Aster

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Mounds of royal purple cover big bushy plants that bloom well into frost-free autumn weather. Easy-care addition to shrub and perennial borders or in roomy pots. Combine with other asters for a multicolored effect. An excellent addition to a cutting garden. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical PronunciationASS-ter NO-vee ANG-lee-ay
LoreIn Britain the aster is known as Michaelmas daisy because it is in bloom during the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 1 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Early Fall
Design IdeasValuable late season bloomer for the traditional perennial border. Equally well suited to casual country gardens along picket fences and mixed with spring blooming companions. A native hybrid that belongs in meadow gardens as a nectar source. Use around edges of prairie or above a wetland in an open sunny woodland. Ruggedly adaptable to rock gardens and dry stream beds. Mass like groundcover for a much larger semiformal color mass.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Poolside, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blue Fescue (Festuca)

Thrives in moist, fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained soils but highly adaptable. Prefers cool summer climates. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. For a neat, tidy appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

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